Understanding ITF Junior Tour Rankings #1

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The junior tennis tour is called the ITF Junior Tour and has only one age group, which is 18 years and under. ITF stands for International Tennis Federation. The ITF Junior Tour is restricted to players aged 18 years and under and to those who have turned 13 years old prior to the tournament that they wish to enter.

The ITF Junior Tour calculates the ITF junior tennis rankings over a rolling 12 month system. The rolling system is the amount of ranking points a player accumulates for the previous 52 weeks. Currently the rankings represent the points tallied from 10 November 2008 through to 9 November 2009.

The ITF introduced a new method for calculating the ITF Junior rankings on 1 January 2004. Since then a combined junior ranking is used which adds together ranking points won in both ITF junior singles and doubles events.

The combined ranking aims to motivate junior players to participate in more junior doubles events and is preparation for professional tennis. Singles is the primary source of points with more points allocated to the singles events in each tournament and due to the fact that ONLY 25% of the points earned in doubles contribute to a players overall ranking.

The number of ranking points a player wins depends on how many rounds he or she progresses through and what category that particular tournament has been graded. The higher the tournament is graded (categorised), the more ranking points are awarded in each round of that event. The further a player wins through a tournament, the greater number of ranking points he or she receives for each victory.

A players ranking only includes the points he or she wins from his or her best 6 singles results and best 6 doubles results within the previous 52 week period. Best results refers to the events in which the most ITF Junior ranking points were earned regardless of what grade or category tournament it was.

If the total of the 6 best singles results was 1000 ranking points and the total of the 6 best doubles results was also 1000, then 25% of 1000 = 250, therefore that players combined ranking points total would be 1000 (from singles) + 250 (from doubles) = 1,250.

A player cannot earn any ITF Junior ranking points until they have won a match in the main draw and won through to a round where points are being allocated. In lower grade tournaments players can win matches in the main draw but not earn any ranking points.

If a player moves through the 1st round of a main draw event due to a walkover or by receiving a bye then it is not counted as a win and no points can be awarded. If a player movers through due to their opponent retiring from the match after play had commenced then it is counted as a win and points will be awarded.

ITF Junior ranking points are awarded in a number of different tournament categories. These categories will be outlined in a future post on this tennis website. Click these links for further ITF Junior Tennis Tour posts: Understanding the ITF Junior Tour #1, Tennis in Hong Kong: ITF Junior Event and Hong Kong ITF Junior Tennis Results.

More ITF Junior Tour details to follow. If YOU would like to know something about the ITF Juniors please ask by making a comment.

Pictured above is 20 year old German Sabine Lisicki just after making contact with her forehand drive at Wimbledon this year where she made it to the quarter finals. Lisicki is currently the WTA World No.23 and played in the ITF Junior Wimbledon tournament in 2005 when she was 15 years old.

Today’s POST is dedicated to Ana Ivanovic. Ivanovic was born on this day in 1987. The Serbian has won one Grand Slam singles title at the French Open in 2008. She first achieved the World No.1 ranking on June 9, 2008.

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